K-economy Master Plan not worth making public if its 155 recommendations do not include proposals which I had made in the last Parliament

Media Statement
by Lim Kit Siang

(Petaling Jaya, Wednesday): Malaysian decision-makers and  information technology (IT) planners, whether in Cabinet,  Parliament, government or the National Information Tecnology Council (NITC) cannot hold their heads high in the international IT circuit about Malaysia’s much-touted K-economy Master Plan for two reasons: firstly, it was formulated completely without public participation and consultation and secondly, it has scored a dubious world’s first to be classified under the Official Secrets Act and denied all  public access.

Up to now, nobody could answer the question which I had been posing the whole week as to why the solemn pledge given by the Prime Minister, Datuk Seri Dr. Mahathir Mohamad that  “a thousand ideas must contend and a hundred flowers must bloom” in a 18-month “process of national consultation, brainstorming, drafting and national mobilisation” for the K-economy Master  Plan had not been honoured.

Did any Cabinet Minister dare to raise this question at the Cabinet meeting today as to why the K-economy Master Plan had been formulated against the specific directive of the Prime Minister or are they as useless and incompetent  as the Barisan Nasional MP for Kinabatangan Datuk Bung Moktar Radin  had made them out to be in Parliament last week?

All Malaysians know at present is that the K-economy Master Plan comprises 155 recommendations to expedite the development towards the K-economy but what are these recommendations and why couldn’t they be made public and be subject to national scrutiny and debate as to whether they are adequate to the challenge for Malaysia to take the quantum leap into the knowledge-based economy and information society?

In the last Parliament, I had made numerous proposals for Malaysia to transform from a P-economy (production-economy) to a K-economy (knowledge-based economy).

Some of these proposals were made as far back as six years ago in 1995, and if they are not among the 155 recommendations of the K-economy Master Plan, then may be it is not worth making the K-economy Master Plan public.
Some of these proposals were:

Does the K-economy Master Plan bear comparison with these proposals made in the last Parliament?


*Lim Kit Siang - DAP National Chairman